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Jak makes great start to life on the track.

TEEN racer Jak Liddle is looking forward to the start of next season already after a promising start to his racing career.

The 16-year-old from Acklam took to the grid for the first time in the final round of the Thundersports 500 Championship at Donington Park.

And he finished an eye-catching 23rd out of 43 starters on his Honda CB500, prepared by dad Martin and uncle Kevin, himself a former road racer.

He was the youngest rider in the race but still managed to get the better of many older and more experienced opponents.

"I have had a motorcycle from the age of four when I got a Yamaha PW0 for Christmas.," explained Jak.

"When I was 14 I got a 125 pitbike in supermoto trim and that is when I started on tarmac but never raced it.

"When I turned 16 I went to Mallory Park and completed my ACU race licence and did half a track day on my uncle's CB500 and got on with it really well.

"After we decided to buy one for myself and to do the last round of the season."

Now the enterprising youngster is determined to carry on from where he left off and hopes the launch of a social media sponsorship drive will help him raise cash to do that.

"I have started a Racing 50 Club on Facebook," he explained. "It consists of getting PS50 from 50 people and those who join get their name on a sticker on the bike.

"This will help fund my entry fees for the 2014 racing season."

Having had a taste of the action and shown such promise on his debut, the former Acklam Grange School pupil is determined to keep moving forward.

"I didn't really take up motorcycling I was more bred into it by my dad and uncle," he said.

"I feel I achieved a lot in my first race.

"My goal for next year is to get into the top 10 in my races. My ambitions are to hopefully go on to a faster class in a couple of years."

See www.facebook.

com/jak.liddleracing for details of the Racing 50 Club.

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Jak Liddle (No 22) from Acklam pictured in action in his first Thunder-sport 500 race at Donington Park
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 19, 2013
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